Amber MonroeAge 20
8 Aug 2015
Detroit, Michigan (USA)
TDoR list ref: tgeu/8-Aug-2015/Amber Monroe
Amber's body was found on the morning of Saturday 8th August. According to police, she was shot at around 5am as she got out of a vehicle near Palmer Park.
Her death was reported by Equality Michigan:
‘The body of 20-year old Amber Monroe was found murdered in Detroit this morning. Early reports claim that she was shot, but information is still developing and no details have been released by the Detroit Police Department.
Amber was a black transgender woman barely 20 years old who studied at Wayne State University, and loved her friends and Vogueing. According to Cherno Biko, a trans rights advocate who had been talking to friends of Monroe and other people on the ground in Detroit, Amber “was 20 years old and full of life and such a fighter. This was actually her third time being shot, but she wasn’t comfortable going to the police the first two times because of the relationship Black trans women in Detriot have with the police.”
“Our hearts are heavy with grief that we have lost another vibrant member of our community too soon. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of Amber’s family and friends whom she clearly loved deeply,” said Yvonne Siferd, Director of Victim Services for Equality Michigan.
“We have no idea yet whether this attack was fuelled by transphobia, but we do know that Amber’s murder is the 12th murder of a transgender woman in the United States this year, and the 10th murder of a transgender woman of colour. Transgender women, and especially transgender women of colour, are disproportionately affected by violence.
Her life was just beginning; I know that this loss will leave so many people with a hole in their lives and with more questions than answers. Let’s come together to celebrate her life, and work for real change so that our transgender sisters can be free from persecution. I know we can do better. We have to do better.’
TvT project: The Guardian 10.08.2015 & WXYZ 10.08.2015